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Abernethy Collection of American Literature

The Julian W. Abernethy Library of American Literature was bequeathed to Middlebury College in 1923, upon the death of Julian W. Abernethy, Class of 1876, College Trustee from 1901-1923. A distinguished teacher and scholar of American and British literature, Abernethy was an avid bibliophile and during his lifetime amassed an extraordinary collection of first editions, collected works, critical editions, and original manuscripts by the most notable men and women in American letters from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries.

Arguably the greatest strength of the original collection lies in books, pamphlets, and manuscripts related to the transcendentalist movement. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott, William Ellery Channing, George Ripley, and Elizabeth Peabody are well represented. It was Henry David Thoreau, however, who Abernethy collected with a passion, considering himself “a Thoreau collector with an unappeasable ambition.” Documenting his constant pursuit of new Thoreau material, the collection contains detailed correspondence between Abernethy and several antiquarian book and manuscript dealers.

We at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives are proud to share selections from this collection with the world via the Internet Archive.

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1864
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Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Blake, H. G. O. (Harrison Gray Otis), 1816?-1898
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thoreau, henry david, 1817-1862
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Fragment, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
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Essay by Thoreau appearing in The Church Monthly, October 1864 This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Pamphlets Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Pamphlet, Abernethy Pamphlets Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
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Fragment of penciled letter draft by Henry David Thoreau and list of English poets, written while on Staten Island This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Correspondence, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Transcriptions from the journal of material used in "Autumnal Tints" This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Journal, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Essay, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Draft of letter. Discusses payment for plumbago (graphite). Verso has natural history notes for October 1859. This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Correspondence, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Manuscript, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Journal, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Essay, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Abernethy Collection of American Literature
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Middlebury College Library
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Journal, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Essay, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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Asking for "data concerning the Town or Causeway Bridge." This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Correspondence, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
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Written while at Harvard. This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
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Abernethy Collection of American Literature
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
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by Trow, John F.
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Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862, Manuscript, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection